Roasted Pork Belly

Making pork belly is very simple and easy. All you need is time and an oven.

Roasted Pork Belly

Roasted pork belly how I love thee! Morning, day or night, I wish I could get just one bite! Crispy on the outside with one inner layer of fat melting in your mouth and another layer of tender juicy pork meat, this roasted pork belly is one of my favorite things to eat (beside bone marrow) when I feel like indulging. The hardest part of this recipe will be to find pork belly. It shouldn’t be a problem if you have a butcher nearby; in NYC I get mine at a Korean supermarket in Koreatown and pay $10 for just under 2 lbs. 
 
Based on Momofuku’s pork buns recipe, I’ve tweaked the cooking process a little since the original recipe resulted too often in overcooked and burned pork belly (this also happened to a good friend of mine who tried several times to follow the momofuku directions). This is a great dish to make if you want to impress your in-laws and requires very little work! 
 
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Roasted pork belly

sliced pork belly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: French, Pork
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork belly
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Put the pork in a tupperware or zip lock bag. Pour salt and sugar, rub on both sides and let marinate overnight. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile rinse the pork belly under cold water, pat dry and lay in an aluminum tray (I use one with raised ridges to allow the fat to drip away from the meat instead of burning underneath it), and cover with foil.
  2. Put in the oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Turn the meat over every 30 minutes to prevent from burning. Lastly, turn the heat up to 450 and with the fat facing up, remove the foil and cook for 15 minutes. The fat should pop and bubble, that’s exactly what you’re looking for. Sprinkle with salt, cut in cubes and serve.
  3. Pork belly is great with gravy, a little mustard, with vegetables, mashed potatoes, and amazing with a baguette or chinese steamed buns.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 527
  • Saturated Fat: 8
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